Saturday, June 22, 2024

Repairs are underway at the closed Alewife T station Sunday after a car crash the previous day. (Photo: Marc Levy)

A driver at the top of Cambridge’s Alewife parking garage crashed intentionally this weekend, injuring himself and one person far below in the T station lobby, officials said.

MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo said that at approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday a driver “slammed [the car] into a barrier on the top deck of the Alewife station parking garage. As a result of the collision, concrete debris fell from the garage and shattered glass panels above the lobby and mezzanine area.”

Pesaturo was unable to provide details about the driver or the bystander hurt in the crash, but said the driver was taken to a local hospital and the bystander sustained minor injuries. MBTA Transit Police detectives’ preliminary findings indicate the crashed was intentional but are not providing additional details at this time, such as a motive. Pesaturo did not respond to questions regarding if the driver was in custody or will be charged.

Alewife Station is closed for at least a week for repairs and structural assessment, but Pesaturo did not respond to how long assessments will take or who will pay for repairs – the driver or taxpayers. Overnight, crews removed the 10,000-pound concrete barrier from the roof, cleared debris and examined the roof’s structural integrity.

Shuttle buses have replaced trains between Alewife and Davis Square, in Somerville.

Pesaturo said the updates will be posted for riders on social media, including the MBTA’s Twitter account, @MBTA. An update Sunday evening from spokesperson Lisa Battiston said the parking garage at Alewife would be closed “at least” through Monday and that “garage users should seek alternate parking sites.”

“Drivers with vehicles already parked in the garage may retrieve them,” Battiston said. “The MBTA will reopen the garage after it has created a safe, accessible path of travel from the garage to the busway.”

The garage at Alewife, which opened in 1985, was last in the news for structural reasons in August 2018: The 2,500-parking-space garage saw 500 spaces cordoned off after a chunk of ceiling concrete fell through the window of a car. No one was hurt.


This post was updated Feb. 5, 2023, with garage information from Lisa Battiston.